This bridge is one of several stone bridges in Chester County that has brick for its arch ring. Unfortunately, this bridge's brick ring has been covered.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 2 span, 40'-long, brick arch bridge has fieldstone spandrel walls and parapets. It is supported on stone abutments. The brick arch rings and intrados have been pargetted with a thick coat of cementitious material, and there are several generations and style of repointing, much of it covering the stonework. It is one of at least 9 identified brick arch bridges from 1901 to 1908 in Chester County. There are approximately 25 brick arch highway bridges from about 1864 to 1908 in the state. Other less altered examples in the county and region better represent the technological and historical significance of brick arch bridges within the context of county-built bridge types. Two Chester County-built brick arch bridges by the same engineer have been National Register-listed as a result of the previous historic bridge survey (BMS# 15 4006 0060 1731, built in 1903; and, BMS# 15 4039 0020 0015, built in 1904). They are both complete without significant alterations. The bridge is not historically distinguished by its setting, and based on its 1903 date of construction it is not historically associated with the early 19th century mill.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The 1-lane bridge carries a 2-lane road over a stream in Lewis Mills. A ca. 1825 stuccoed grist mill is at the bridge's northwest quadrant. The mill is no longer active and has lost its machinery. At the bridge's southwest quadrant is an 18th-century 2-story stone building, that according to a PHMC survey file was a grain storage building, later converted to a residence. Immediately west of the mill is a late-20th-century residential subdivision. At the bridge's southeast quadrant is a trailer home. The northeast quadrant is wooded. The setting does not have the cohesiveness of resources or integrity of a potential historic district, although the mill and related grain storage building may have individual significance.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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